Celtic Art in the
Global Village, continued
The particular genius of the Celts lay in
their ability to draw together the strands of primitive pattern. From these strands they
synthesized a system of decoration worthy of computer technology a thousand years later.
The final synthesis spread out from Ireland to
Turkey, along the pilgrim routes to Byzantium. The appearance of Pictish knots on the
caravanserai archways of Anatolia underscores the cosmopolitan reach of this nomadic
That knotwork was once a universal art form of
all Europe was first pointed out by the Scottish antiquarian, J. Romilly Allen, a century
"Knotwork was gradually evolved from
plait by introducing breaks at regular intervals during the Bizantino-Barbaro period (C.E.
600 to 800); and subsequent to this we find still more complicated forms of interlaced
patterns were introduced, which I propose to call circular knotwork and triangular